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villager

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Mon Mar 23, 2015, 03:45 PM Mar 2015

GMO Weed Killerís Cancer Risk [View all]

Glyphosate – the active herbicide in the widely used Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow Agrosciences Enlist Duo weedkillers – is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a working group of scientists at the World Health Organization announced today.

The explosion of glyphosate use in recent years has been driven primarily by the widespread adoption of GMO corn and soybeans. These GMO plants have been genetically engineered to withstand blasts of this powerful herbicide and kill the weeds around them. The use of glyphosate in the U.S. has increased by more 500 million pounds between 1996 and 2011.

According to an article in the Lancet, “[Glyphosate] use has increased sharply with the development of genetically modified glyphosate-resistant crop varieties. Glyphosate has been detected in air during spraying, in water, and in food.”

Scientists from 11 nations met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, earlier this month to assess the likelihood that certain pesticides used in industrial agriculture would cause cancer.

They decided to classify glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen,” a conclusion that built on IARC’s conclusion last year that some evidence linked glyphosate to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

(Read more about last year’s study here: www.ewg.org/agmag/2014/05/study-glyphosate-doubles-risk-lymphoma.)

Because farmers have relied so heavily on glyphosate, many of them are now dealing with “superweeds” – varieties of weeds that no longer die when sprayed – and are turning to more toxic weed killers like 2,4-D. Dow’s Enlist Duo is a mixture of glyphosate and 2,4-D.

Given the increased use of herbicides associated with the production of GMOs, it’s no wonder more than 90 percent of consumers want to exercise their right to know if there are GMOs in their food.

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http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2015/03/gmo-weed-killer-s-cancer-risk

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GMO Weed Killerís Cancer Risk [View all] villager Mar 2015 OP
Be aware. Questioning GMOs gets you labeled "anti-science" at DU. immoderate Mar 2015 #1
It's all part of their "corporate woo" way of "discussing." Note the posts conflating anti-GMO villager Mar 2015 #2
The corporate model is a major issue, downplayed quite a bit. immoderate Mar 2015 #4
Forget GMOs Glyphosate is overused by homeowners around their yards and yours TexasProgresive Mar 2015 #3
There are definitely "superweeds" that have responded to glyphosate. HuckleB Mar 2015 #6
Some context to the matter. HuckleB Mar 2015 #5
Not to worry RobertEarl Mar 2015 #7
Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company? JohnyCanuck Mar 2015 #8
Oh, you're bound to be hearing from the Monsanto apologists any moment now... villager Mar 2015 #9
Good News: Salvadorean farmers aren't buying into the over hyped promisses of the GMO peddlars JohnyCanuck Mar 2015 #10
"Remember that Monsanto is together with DuPont, Pioneer, all the large businesses that control the villager Mar 2015 #14
GMO is not the problem. Herbicides are the problem. MineralMan Mar 2015 #11
There is no point to GMO's designed to be resistant to glyphosphate without glyphosphate. pnwmom Mar 2015 #12
Did I say anything different from that? MineralMan Mar 2015 #13
When did I say we should ban GMO's? I've called for labeling, so people who are interested pnwmom Mar 2015 #16
Labeling is just fine with me. MineralMan Mar 2015 #17
It is a mistake to study glyphosate without the adjuvants in Round Up GreatGazoo Mar 2015 #15
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